Librium

Generic Name: Chlordiazepoxide

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Librium is a medicine used for the management of anxiety disorder or for the short-term relief of anxiety symptoms. It is also used to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms and anxiety before surgery.

    Librium is a federally controlled substance because it has abuse potential.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Librium works by slowing down your brain activity, thereby producing a calming effect.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Librium may help relieve your symptoms of anxiety and alcohol withdrawal.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Librium exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    Your healthcare provider may ask you a series of questions from time to time, which will help assess how well your symptoms are controlled with treatment.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: drowsiness, problems with coordination, confusion.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Mental and physical dependence can occur. Keep Librium in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse.

    Librium can harm your unborn baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about other treatment options if you plan to become pregnant. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Librium.

    Seizures, stomach cramps, vomiting, or sweating can occur if you stop taking Librium or decrease your dose. Do not stop taking Librium or change the dose without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take Librium if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Librium. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of alcohol or substance abuse; liver or kidney problems; mental illness; depression or suicidal tendencies; a condition called porphyria (a blood disorder); if you are taking other medicines that may make you sleepy; or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition and the severity of your symptoms.

    Children: The usual dose is 5 milligrams (mg) two to four times a day. Your healthcare provider may increase your child's dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.

    Elderly: The usual dose is 5 mg two to four times a day.

    It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take Librium exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Librium without first talking to your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not drive a car, operate machinery, or engage in other dangerous activities until you know how Librium affects you.

    Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Librium.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Librium is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Librium with the following: antidepressant medications known as MAO inhibitors (such as phenelzine or tranylcypromine), blood thinners (such as warfarin), or phenothiazines (such as chlorpromazine).

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Librium can harm your unborn baby if you take it during pregnancy. The effects of Librium during breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Librium, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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